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Bachu County (Chinese: 巴楚县) as the official romanized name, also transliterated from Uyghur as Maralbexi County (Uyghur: مارالبېشى ناھىيىسى‎; Chinese: 玛热勒巴什县 or Chinese: 巴尔楚克县) the former long Chinese name as well, is located in the southwest of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China and is under the administration of the Kashgar Prefecture. It has an area of 18,491 km2 (7,139 sq mi), and surrounds, but does not administer, the sub-prefecture-level city of Tumxuk. According to the 2002 census, it has a population of 380,000.

Bachu County

巴楚县مارالبېشى ناھىيىسى

Maralbashi; Pachu
Location of the county (red) within Kashgar Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
Location of the county (red) within Kashgar Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
Bachu is located in Xinjiang
Bachu
Bachu
Location of the seat in Xinjiang
Coordinates: 39°46′43″N 78°34′30″E / 39.77861°N 78.57500°E / 39.77861; 78.57500Coordinates: 39°46′43″N 78°34′30″E / 39.77861°N 78.57500°E / 39.77861; 78.57500
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Autonomous regionXinjiang
PrefectureKashgar Prefecture
Population
 (2002)
380,000
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Maralbexi County
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese巴楚县
Traditional Chinese巴楚縣
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese巴尔楚克县
Traditional Chinese巴爾楚克縣
Second alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese玛热勒巴什县
Traditional Chinese瑪熱勒巴什縣
Uyghur name
Uyghurمارالبېشى ناھىيىسى

GeographyEdit

Climate data for Maralbexi County (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.9
(33.6)
6.4
(43.5)
14.6
(58.3)
23.8
(74.8)
28.6
(83.5)
32.1
(89.8)
33.8
(92.8)
32.3
(90.1)
27.9
(82.2)
20.8
(69.4)
11.0
(51.8)
2.4
(36.3)
19.6
(67.2)
Average low °C (°F) −12.2
(10.0)
−7.4
(18.7)
1.4
(34.5)
9.0
(48.2)
14.0
(57.2)
17.4
(63.3)
19.5
(67.1)
18.5
(65.3)
13.1
(55.6)
4.8
(40.6)
−3.4
(25.9)
−10.1
(13.8)
5.4
(41.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0.4
(0.02)
1.3
(0.05)
2.5
(0.10)
2.9
(0.11)
7.8
(0.31)
13.8
(0.54)
13.2
(0.52)
11.7
(0.46)
4.3
(0.17)
2.1
(0.08)
0.3
(0.01)
0.7
(0.03)
61.0
(2.40)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1.0 1.1 0.8 0.8 2.6 4.7 5.5 4.1 2.3 0.8 0.2 0.9 24.8
Average relative humidity (%) 61 50 41 33 36 39 43 47 49 51 56 65 48
Mean monthly sunshine hours 180.6 177.8 194.5 229.3 267.5 301.7 308.1 285.4 265.4 258.1 212.8 177.8 2,859
Percent possible sunshine 61 59 53 58 61 68 68 67 71 75 71 61 64
Source: China Meteorological Administration

TransportationEdit

Bachu is served by the Southern Xinjiang Railway.

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